1980 – 1989
Derek Twort operating the “monster” at the Wellington Radio Depot in Constable St, Newtown, possibly 1982/83.
“The monster was used to check receiver gating sensitivity and transmitter power output of the 80/100/150/400Mhz land mobile channels around Wellington. It used a Collins receiver with an HP digital signal generator as the LO and a wide band power amp. The most boring job on the roster was having to go through each channel. I rebuilt the monster when the depot relocated from Barker St around 1980 and added a few new features to make it user-friendly. It took some arguing to dedicate the HP sig gen to the job. I think by this time we’d also used a 6802 microprocessor kit I’d built to print out the frequency offset tables for the mobile channels.”
– Ray Teutenberg
1986: On 3 April the Government released the Morris-Mason review of the Post Office, which recommended, among other things, that telecommunications be run by a separate state corporation.
On 19 May, Finance Minister Roger Douglas announced that the Post Office would be split into three state-owned enterprises: New Zealand Post, Telecom and Postbank, effective 1 Apr 1987.
The first Telecom New Zealand logo
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